WINDHOEK - Judge Nate Ndauendapo yesterday postponed the case in which Teckla Lameck and her co-accused, Yang Fen, are facing serious charges, including fraud, to November 15 to once again enable Fen to acquire legal representation and for the State to obtain the services of a Chinese interpreter.
The charges against the three accused consist of a count of fraud, alternatively theft, three main charges under the Immigration Control Act, two charges under the Prevention of Organised Crime Act, and a charge under the Anti-Corruption Act in which they are accused of having attempted or conspired to commit certain offences.
The case stems from an alleged fraud that was committed by the two in cahoots with Lameck’s business partner Kongo Mokaxwa.
The two Namibians and the Chinese national were arrested on July 8 and 9, 2009 in Windhoek in connection with the alleged massive scam involving the procurement of security scanning equipment for the Ministry of Finance from Nuctech Company Ltd, a company incorporated in the People’s Republic of China, for a sum exceeding US$55 million which is close to N$440 million.
Nuctech allegedly entered into two contracts with a Namibian close corporation called Teko Trading CC in February 2009, in which Lameck and Mokaxwa each had a 50 percent members’ interest.
One contract was described as an agency agreement and the other was for consulting services.
During March 2009, Teko received payments pursuant to invoices provided to Nuctech in a total amount exceeding N$42 million.
In April 2009, further contracts were entered into between Nuctech and Teko.
The State alleges that Lameck, Mokaxwa and Yang guaranteed that the purchase price of the scanning equipment would be inflated in order to receive a ‘commission’.
Lameck and Mokaxwa are currently free on bail of N$50 000 each, while Yang is out on bail of N$1 million.
All three entered pleas of not guilty to the charges on April 8, 2010.